The Barracks is not the name of the local army camp but rather the name of this delightful bistro / café in Tanah Rata, the exact location initially being difficult to locate for this newbie in town.
Being a newbie, getting to The Barracks by a car can be quite trying. But then again, I did say I was a newbie to Tanah Rata and therefore, my inability to get about town does not count.
We got to The Barracks by foot instead, many thanks to my better half who had done some study of places to visit and places to dine.
Walking about town that is Tanah Rata, in all its misty glory, many thanks to the rain that fell just prior, we were suddenly caught in the second coming of rain.
And I don’t mean that Korean male singer cum actor, damn fine artiste he might be.
Luckily for us, we were already nearby The Barracks and fitted with our cheap and easily available but very colourful rain coats (so colourful that you can’t miss us), we found our way to The Barracks in good time.
A combination of the rain, the weather and the rhythmic drumbeats of the increasingly empty and gastric-induced tummies, made the first item on the agenda being to get some hot good food in our bellies.
The place looks very nice, with an ambience suggesting a cosy place to have a private meal for two, with the choice of either having your meal in the ‘garden’ or in the ‘barracks’.
Both options looked good, but for us, the ‘garden’ won. Wonder why.
Having seated ourselves and making ourselves comfortable, a look at the menu tells us that we have the option to go east or to go west. Good that.
There are times when I have this craving for fish and chips or sometimes, even a steak or lamb cutlets.
And today was no different.
But having gone through the menu, ever the Asian, I opted for a safe dish of rice and mutton curry, whilst my wife, my better half, went for something hot and something soupy.
Having placed our order, we began to size the place up. The ‘garden’ was never in any doubt and so, we ventured into the ‘barracks’ and see the place which gave the eatery its name.
Inside the warm and comfortable barracks, we noticed that the walls of the ‘barracks’ were lined with framed photos of days past.
The framed pictures were showing signs of age, some yellow in colour, whilst some in black and white, but all of which told of Tanah Rata’s history, of days past leading up to the present, before Independence and after Independence.
It was evident, from the framed pictures on show, Tanah Rata has an interesting history. Not surprising that.
The Barracks is not only known for its menu, it seems, but apparently for its ambience and its ‘garden’ as well.
Orchids seems to be the main attraction, and I guess, being located up in the highlands, it should not be a surprise.
A visit to The Barracks should be on the itinerary whenever and should ever one visit Tanah Rata.
With an ambience like what The Barracks offer, it makes for a memorable experience, senses-wise and gastronomy-wise, whilst having your steak or a soup-in-a-bun or even your safe dish of rice with mutton curry (tasty that!).
Believe you me, it’s definitely worth the visit.